Rough-and-tumble East Houston is the city's beating, industrial heart - along with William P. Hobby Airport, you'll find the Houston Ship Channel and working-class neighborhoods (as made famous by John Travolta in the film Urban Cowboy) in the shadow of the somewhat alien landscape of oil refineries that line the shores. On closer inspection, though, East Houston is not so easily defined - here is also rich Hispanic culture (and eats!), Houston's namesake university (with surprisingly good student-run hotel and restaurant!), and off-the-wall live theater (bring the kids!).
- Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Battleground Monument, , in San Jacinto State Park, Battleground Rd., LaPorte (From IH-610 east, take SH-225 east for 11 miles to Battleground Road (SH-134), continue north approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Park Road 1836 for the Monument or continue on SH-134 another mile to reach the Battleship.), . Open every day (closed for major holidays), 10-5 (battleship), 8-6 (monument). San Jacinto Monument is free. Tour a World World II battleship. The monument commemorates the battle at which Texas won its independence from Mexico. Adults $5, Children (6-18) $3, Children (5 and under) free. Senior discounts.. edit
- Linh Son Pagoda in Santa Fe, Texas has a 50ft/15m high brilliant white statue of the Buddha, North America's largest.
- Space Center Houston Indoor fun space museum with lots of hands-on space-science exhibits and artifacts from the full history of U.S. space exploration. Highlights include the actual Apollo and Mercury launch vehicles, and a tour of astronaut training facilities.
- The Orange Show 2402 Munger St (IH-45 South (Gulf Freeway) to SH-35 (Telephone Rd) exit), ☎ +1-713-926-6368 ([email protected], fax: +1-713-926-1506), . 10AM-5PM Sa-Su. One-of-a-kind attraction dedicated to the eccentric, artistic and scientific. Features the Beer Can House and annual Art Car Parade. $1.
- 1940 Air Terminal Museum, 8325 Travelair Street, Houston, Texas (The museum is located on the west side of Hobby Airport. From downtown take I-45 south. Take exit 39 to the feeder road for 0.3 miles. Bear right onto Broadway for 1.7 miles. Hobby Airport will be in front of your. Turn right on Airport Boulevard for 0.5 miles and turn left onto Telephone Road. Turn left onto Neuhaus Street or the next two available left turns. Nuehaus ends at Travelair St. The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is located on Travelair St.), ☎ 713-454-1940, . Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Located in the west side of Hobby Airport is the original Houston Municial Airport Terminal. Opened in 1940, the art deco style terminal building has been restored and houses exhibits from Houston's general and commercial air travel past. Several aircraft and flight simulators are also on display. $5.00 Adults, $2.00 Children under 12. edit
- Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall (IH-45 South at Bay Area Blvd.), Friendswood, ☎ 281-488-4620. 10-9 Mo-Sa, 11-7 Su. edit
- Chabuca's, 316 NASA-1, Webster, ☎ 281-554-8000 ([email protected], fax: 281-332-5029), . South American style food and buffet served in a great atmosphere. edit
- Frank's Grill, 4702 Telephone Rd, +1 713 649-3296. One of the city's best places for a great breakfast on a budget. Texas size pancakes, a heaping plate of grits and the best bacon around.
- Taqueria Del Sol, 8114 Park Place Blvd. Authentic Mexican food. edit
- Tokyo Bowl, 2402 Bay Area Blvd, ☎ 281-480-5311. Japanese fast food. $10. edit
- The Outpost Tavern, 18113 Egret Bay Blvd. (At NASA-1), ☎ 281-333-1235 ([email protected]), . Closed - Dingy local bar with a colorful crowd, (inaccurately) portrayed as an astronaut hangout in movies like Space Cowboys and Rocketman (but no less worth the visit). edit